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in syria. rebel leaders see the airport as key too because by seeingdz it they could cut the supply of weapon and other material to to forces loyal to president assad. good evening once agai again. people in syria are leaving afraid that president assad will unleash chemical weapon them. region around damascas is a battle zone and two million syrian are out of the homes tonight. it's raining. it is cold. and the conditions are miserable. abc news reporter alex is one of the few journalist inside syri syria. >> rain poured as we approached the crossing into syria. first stop a rebel checkpoint. tank and men armed with ak 47. once past them a narrow winding road that led us to white tent and sea of red mud. in it the faces of this growing crisis. children huddled around the only source of warmth. tiny campfire. partof the mass exodus. family fleeing the cross fire of syria bloody civil war. for them life is dire. and growing dangerous. few here have their own jacket or shoes. it's growing colder by the day. fear that children are getting sicker. they pet just one sm
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krugman, on sunday for "this week." >>> and now, we go overseas to syria, where people are fleeing amid fears that the assad regime will unleash chemical weapons. the region around the capital, damascus, now a battle zone. 2 million syrians now on the run, many of them children. and it is extremely difficult for journalists to enter that country and cover the chaos. but abc's alex marquardt pushed across the border tonight and he is there. alex? >> reporter: we've spent the day among the thousands of refugees living here, and the conditions are miserable. rain has turned the roads to rivers of mud, there's no power or gas for heat, and it's only getting colder by the day. the rain poured as we approached the crossing into syria. the first stop, a rebel checkpoint. tanks and men armed with ak-47s. once past them, a narrow, winding road that led us to white tents in a sea of red mud. in it, the faces of this growing crisis. children huddled around the only source of warmth -- a tiny campfire. they're part of the mass exodus, families fleeing the crossfire of syria's bloody civil war. for
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of a neighbor. >> the situation in syria may be reaching the boiling point. u-s officials are warning president bashar al-assad against using weapons of mass destruction. ed payne has the story. (gunshots ) >> as the fighting in syria rages on, secretary of defense leon panetta says the latest intelligence reports raise serious concerns that syrian president bashar al-assad may turn chemical weapons on his own citizens. panetta issued this warning to the syrian leader. >> the whole world is watching, the whole world is watching very closely and the president of the united states has made it very clear that there will be consequences, there will be consequences if the assad regime makes a terrible mistake by using these chemical weapons on their own people. >> diplomatic efforts to end the 21-month conflict in syria have failed. 42- thousand people have been killed so far, according opposition activists. with so much at stake, senator john mccain says it may be time to take action. >> if true kitties reports may mean that the -- these reports united states and our allies are facing the prospect
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to mediate tensions in syria. >> the australian djs who won't be pulling anymore .d nurse they >>> san jose police officers say the department turned a corner saying the number of officers fleeing the department is growing faster than the city can train new recruits. abc 7 news brings us the latest in this saga of the incredible shrinking police force. officer tina bowles is one of six people this week signing paper work to walk away from the job at san jose police department. after 27 years, bowles is retiring with a disability and part of an unprecedented exodus. >> the environment is toxic. officers can't speak their minds about what is going on. the chief didn't listen. city hall doesn't care what he have to say. >> this former police officer retired on disability. he and the counsel majority supported the reform policies, including pay cuts, and voter approved pension reforms. >> it's not about this city and the mayor, what it's about is keeping our city afloat. dealing with a budget situation that has been a disaster and saying what are we going to do to fix it. >> police officers say
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. families in syria fleeing the crossfire and our reporter makes his way behind the lines. >>> tragic twist.
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that there be a unified democratic syria. >> that comes after she met with the russian prime minister. they still disagree on whether the president will have to leave the country as part of any transition, the u.s. wants him out, the russians do not. . >> a child is dead, another person is critically injured, news chopper 2 is live over a big rig crash. >> and in weather, our break in the rain continues. in fact you can't see now but temperatures are dropping off. coming up, it will be in the mid-30s in the morning. . >> taking you back to breaks news we brought you at the top. one child is dead and we just learned that a driver is also dead in this crash. this is the scene at byron highway near cliff on the court -- clifton court road. we told you earlier that a child around the age of 7 died and in the past minutes we confirm third degree driver of that car also died. we also understand now that this crash caused a dee sal spill deez sal spill. you see both lanes are closed. the latest information we have from the highway patrol is that this area is going be shut down until at least 6:00. >>
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the scenes. plus, tea party politics and the deepening crisis in syria. tonight on "washington week." the president and the speaker square off at the edge of the fiscal cliff. >> that is a bad strategy for america, it's a bad strategy for your businesses, and it is not a game that i will play. >> the president has adopted a deliberate strategy to slow walk our economy right to the edge of deliberate strategy to slow walk our economy right to the edge of the fiscal cliff.